Thursday, January 5, 2017
WINTER WEATHER: 1-5-17 as of 11 p.m.
Heavy snow is being reported in several northwestern and western Oklahoma counties resulting in low visibility with slick and hazardous spots. Salt and sand operations are under way in the following counties: Cimarron, Texas, Beaver, Harper, Woods, Roger Mills, Blaine and Kiowa. Crews in affected counties will continue plowing operations until highways are clear and drying, while other department crews remain on standby ready to respond as precipitation continues to move into the state. Motorists are advised to stay off highways in these areas and be alert to rapidly changing conditions.
With more snow accumulation forecast in the overnight hours, morning commuters are advised to check conditions before leaving and to plan for additional travel time to reach their destination safely.
REMEMBER during snowy and icy conditions, motorists are asked to:
•Stay at least 200 feet behind road clearing equipment; crews need room to maneuver and can engage plowing or spreading materials without notice.
•Allow extra space between vehicles to provide adequate distance for braking.
•Be aware of “black ice,” which looks wet on the roadway but is a thin layer of ice.
•Be patient, plan trips ahead and allow extra time in reaching destinations.
NOTE: Additional advisories will be sent from this office as conditions change.
To check CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS in Oklahoma, call
ODOT’s ROAD CONDITIONS HOTLINE at 844-465-4997
or go to www.okroads.org. For turnpike information, call the
Oklahoma Turnpike Authority at 877-403-7623 or go to www.pikepass.com.
If drivers must travel out of state they are urged to check area road conditions before heading out.
Out-of-State Road Conditions
New Mexico 800-432-4269www.nmroads.com